Sunday, March 30, 2003
North Korea slammed Japan's launch of spy satellites Friday as a "hostile act" that violates the Japan-North Korea Pyongyang Declaration.
"Japan launched the satellite to spy on the DPRK, wantonly violating the DPRK-Japan Pyongyang Declaration," a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman was quoted as saying by the official (North) Korean Central News Agency.
The Pyongyang Declaration was signed between Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il on Sept 17, 2002.
The document says the two countries agreed on cooperation to maintain and strengthen the peace and stability of Northeast Asia.
It also states that North Korea "would further maintain the moratorium on missile launching in and after 2003."